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An unexpected drink that no one should drink anymore because it causes bloating

An unexpected drink that no one should drink anymore because it causes bloating

This article has been updated since its original publication date of 05/25/22. to include more expert advice, suggestions and insights.

Flatulence is often caused by a number of factors— eating too quickly, snacking on something right before going to bed or consuming food or drink frequently that is often associated with indigestion. Plus, we checked in with health experts to learn more about a drink you might not think would be as bloated as it is. Read on for tips and suggestions from registered dietitians dr. Su-Nui EscobarDCN, RDN, FAND, Senior Dietitian Dana Ellis HunnesPhD, MPH, RD, and dermatologist, health and skin specialist Dr. Cheryl RosenMD.

How diet sodas can cause or worsen bloating

While many may be aware of the negative effects of sugary sodas and fizzy drinks on your overall health, it is a common misconception that diet sodas do not have the same disadvantages. Sugar-laden sodas, these experts explain, are bad enough on their own (since sugar can lead to weight gain and disease if consumed frequently), but many diet sodas contain unknown or unknown chemicals.

These types of sodas, says Escobar, “can lead to too much gas, which makes you feel bloated.” Instead of reaching for diet sodas, Escobar suggests trying to “cut them out of your diet and see how you feel” if you’re often bloated and drink these beverages frequently.

Diet sodas, Rosen explains, can contain “chemicals that are harmful to the body” and even cause premature aging along with bloating and inflammation. “Chemicals like phosphorus, potassium and caffeine pull minerals from bones and can damage cells in the body,” she explains.

Rosen adds that these drinks are “full of empty calories, which can lead to weight gain. Choose water or unsweetened tea instead,” she advises, because “both will help keep your skin healthy and your overall health.”

Benefits of switching to Kombucha

Considering the aforementioned disadvantages to your gut health regarding diet soda, Hunnes recommends opting for kombucha (a fizzy but healthy drink) instead. “Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is high in beneficial probiotics and also antioxidants (from the tea),” she explains. Probiotics and antioxidants are “anti-inflammatory,” she points out, and can help promote GI health by “helping colonize the GI tract with healthy bacteria (known as probiotics).”

Antioxidants also help prevent inflammation, Hunnes continues, “promoting probiotic health as well.” It’s also thought that kombucha may “slow the digestion of carbohydrates, possibly in part due to the healthy anti-inflammatory effects it has on the GI tract.” These, concludes Hunnes, are all the “healthy benefits of drinking kombucha,” which has been taken for “hundreds of years.” (We’d rather sip this than diet soda any day!)



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